This week, thanks to midterms and other things, I only got through two books, and one of them was actually a novella. Oops.
The novella was Screaming Down Splitsville by Kayla Bashe, about superpowered teens in an alternate version of the 1950s falling in love after one rescues the other from an evil laboratory. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one, but it was cute and gorgeously written and Kayla Bashe’s writing has grown so much since her earlier works. Her books are always so heartwarming and make me do that happy-crying thing.
The other book I finished was Ask the Passengers by AS King, about a teenage girl trying to understand her sexuality was dealing with the pressure from her family and her small town. I had mixed feelings about that one. I loved Astrid’s voice and the way her relationship with her family developed and the idea of her sending love to passengers on airplanes and the passengers feeling it. I did not love Astrid’s relationship with her girlfriend Dee; I never saw a connection between them beyond the superficial, and while Dee constantly pressuring Astrid to make their relationship physical and to come out was addressed a little bit, it was excused far too easily. I also wasn’t thrilled with the way Astrid ended up coming out, but I can’t go into detail about that without giving spoilers. Finally, at one point Astrid uses ‘asexual’ as an insult and I am just not here for that. It was a generally enjoyable book, but definitely not my favorite.
This month I ended up reading 8 f/f books, which is actually more than I thought I would be able to do! My favorite was either Far From You or The Abyss Surrounds Us. On Monday I have work all day, so I don’t expect to get much reading done, but who knows…I might finish Adaptation or read Graveyard Sparrow. I’ll probably end up reading the others on my list next month, because honestly, I’m still excited about all of them. And I’m glad that now I’ll have more f/f books to recommend to people who are interested.